Scotland invests in early detection of cancer

BMJ 2011; 343 doi: (Published 05 August 2011) Cite this as: BMJ 2011;343:d5034
  1. Bryan Christie
  1. 1Edinburgh

A major effort is to be made in Scotland to improve the early detection and early treatment of cancer with the aim of extending survival rates, which continue to lag behind the rest of Europe.

The Scottish government has promised to spend £30m (€35m; $49m) over the next four years on a series of measures that it estimates will improve early diagnosis by 25% and save around 300 lives a year.

It has also been announced that the breast cancer screening service in Scotland will be reviewed for the first time since it was set up in 1989. This …

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